The British Cyclopaedia of the Arts, Sciences, History, Geography, Literature, Natural History, and Biography Volume 2

The British Cyclopaedia of the Arts, Sciences, History, Geography, Literature, Natural History, and Biography Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...in a south-westerly direction eleven miles and a half to the summit level; in this distance the ascent is only twenty-five feet. After passing the summit level, it is to cross and continue along the river Des Plaines, to the foot of the Illinois rapids, a distance of eighty-five miles, with a descent of exactly two feet per mile, thus giving, in the distance of ninety-six miles and a half, only 195 feet rise and fall. The Tuscumbia rail-road was constructed in order to avoid the Muscle shoals, and extends from Tuscumbia to Decatur. It was commenced in 1831. It consists of a single track of rails. It is also proposed to extend the Lynchburg and New River rail-road to Knoxville. Rail-roads have also been projected from Nashville to Franklin, and from Columbia to the Tennessee. The Lake Pontchartrain rail-road is about four miles and a half in length, and extends from Lake Pontchartrain to New Orleans. It consists of a single track. It is perfectly straight, and nearly level, the ascent and descent being only sixteen inches. The rails weigh thirty-five pounds per yard. The company by which it was constructed was incorporated in January 1830, with exclusive privileges for twenty-five years. The road was finished and opened on April 16th, 1831. The rail-road which passes from the coal mine at Mauch Chunk is a very important work. It commences at the Lehigh River, and ascends at the rate of one foot for three and a half of the slant; the whole ascent to the top of the promontory is 215 feet, and the slant is 700 feet. This part is for the descent of the coal waggons from the main railway to the river. There is at the top of the hill a building containing the machinery by which the coal waggons are governed in their descent. The most important part of...show more

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  • Paperback | 1006 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 50mm | 1,755g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236580524
  • 9781236580528